You Too Can Make a Difference: Rescue and Rescuers During the HolocaustThursday, November 17, 2016
Faced with manhunts, deportations, and horrifying rumors about “unknown destinations” to which Jews were shipped, underground groups throughout Europe simply sprang up, created by people who felt the need to act. In her talk, historian Debórah Dwork discussed these local, grassroots actions. How they developed? Who participated? And what do they tell us about European society during the war?
Debórah Dwork, Ph.D., Rose Professor of Holocaust History, and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, is a leading authority on university education in this field, as well as her area of scholarly expertise: Holocaust history.
Recruited to Clark to build the institute she envisioned, Dwork grew the Strassler Center into a flourishing enterprise dedicated to research, teaching, and public service, now the international address for doctoral training in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies.
One of the first historians to record Holocaust survivors' oral histories and to use their narratives as a scholarly source, Dwork explores the social and cultural history of the Holocaust. Among her award-winning books, Children With A Star introduced a child-centered approach to historical investigation; Flight from the Reich opened the geographic view of the Holocaust and integrated the refugee experience into its history; and Auschwitz drew the critically important connection between industrial killing and a society that believed it was involved in constructive activity. Dwork has been, inter alia, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and she now serves on the American delegation to the 31-state International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Debórah Dwork's visit to Central Michigan University is sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) at CMU. This endowed lecture series was established in 2009 by the family of Dr. Harold Abel to honor and memorialize his 44-year career as an educator, which included a 10-year term as president of Central Michigan University from 1975 to 1985. Dr. Abel passed away in 2002.